Match Report - Chippenham Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Lewis Hornby 04

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Substitutions

Chippenham Town: 1

Goals

Will Richards 24

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Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Liam Canavan 55

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Substitutions

Lewis Hornby > Mathew Barnes-Homer62

Chippenham Town: 1

Goals

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Substitutions

Alex Ferguson > Michael Pook80
Jake Andrews > Joe McClennan86


Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: The Poppies fell just short at League leaders Chippenham today as they lost to the only goal of the game, scored by Will Richards in the 24th minute. The Bluebirds controlled the first half with Paul White keeping the Poppies in the game. The second period saw Kettering going for it, and, in the end they could have gained a draw as the crossbar and some heroic defending secured all three points for the hosts. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Defensively there were few options with Liam Bateman, Paul Malone,James Haran and Jack Kelly all out injured. With the departures of Wilson Carvalho and Jordan Wilson and with Ben Baker on loan at Rugby, only four substitutes were named, one of which was triallist, Jorrin John. . HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The pitch was in decent nick on a cold day in Wiltshire. The home team were without both Greg Tindle and the league leading scorer Andy Sandell, both suspended, but included new on-loan signing, Jake Andrews from Bristol City. Playing down the slope and with the wind, Chippenham were going to be hard to stop after a run of league victories. Lewis Hornby was soon in the Referee’s notebook for a deliberate shirt pull in only the 4th minute. Both teams won early corners, dealt with by the respective defences and Chippenham’s second corner in the 11th minute saw a scramble in the Kettering area and Dom Langdon was on hand to clear Will Richards’ scuffed shot off the line. Liam Canavan’s low free kick was held by home stopper Darren Chitty and straight from the break, visiting keeper, Paul White made a good take from a cross from the right. Both teams then threatened with low crosses. Nathan Hicks for Kettering on the right and the danger was hurredly cleared, and Dave Pratt on the left for Chippenham, and the ball crossed the 6 yard box without a touch, for James Brighton to make a timely clearance. Chippenham took the lead on 24 minutes. Hornby had the ball on the halfway line and lost possession to Richards. The ex Redditch centre back advanced 25 yards and fired an unstoppable shop high into the net inside the left upright- giving White no chance. Kettering’s Aaron O’Connor fired across goal, but White was soon in action as he saved a low drive from Matt Smith. White the excelled as he kept out Jake Andrews’ header from a free kick. The Poppies had a couple of half chances just before the break as Hicks fired well wide and Gary Mulligan got underneath the ball when in a decent position in front of goal. Half Time: Chippenham Town 1 - 0 Kettering Town The first effort of the second half saw Kettering’s Hornby miscue over the bar. Chippenham came back and a Nuno Felix cross from the left was well defended by Brighton at the expense of a corner. The corner was cleared but only to Alex Furguson, who lobbed a shot just over the bar. On 57 minutes a foul by Hornby could have seen a second yellow card, and White made a great save from Andrews free kick. Hornby was quickly replaced by Matthew Barnes-Homer as a reorganisation saw Mulligan go into midfield and Brighton drop into defence. The Poppies now had a very attacking formation and it was going to pressurise the home defence. Canavan had a chance on the left- but his left foot effort was high and wide of the target. Chitty saved a Rene Howe shot with his legs and Brighton fired a low shot wide. Kettering were all out attack in an effort to equalise and Howe’s left foot stab was saved by Chitty. Chippenham’s only effort of the remaining period came on 77 minutes as Richards’ header from a corner saw White in the right place to save. The rest of the game was Kettering’s and they put the home team under great pressure. Hicks won a corner on the right and Brighton’s cross was headed against the bar by Brett Solkhon and from the scrambled clearance Brighton’s shot was just over the bar. The Poppies were camped in the home half and corners were cleared, shots blocked with last ditch lunges and set pieces scrambled away. Barnes-Homer’s shot from a decent position sailed wide as a mean 3 minutes added time saw the Referee end the battle. The joy of the home team’s narrow win could be heard from the dressing rooms- and, in the end analysis, one mistake cost Kettering the game along with some determined home defending. Next Saturday we entertain Kings Langley at Latimer Park at 3pm. Full Time: Chippenham Town 1 - 0 Kettering Town Attendance: 515 (Poppies fans about 100) Poppies Man of the Match: Paul White Team line-ups: Chippenham Town: 1 Darren Chitty 2 Dan Bowman 3 Nuno Felix 4 Gary Horgan (Captain) 5 Rhys Baggridge 6 Will Richards 7 Alex Ferguson (16 Michael Pook 78) 8 Matt Smith 9 Dave Pratt 10 Jake Andrews (15 Joe McLennan 86) 11 James Guthrie Subs Unused: 12 Jon Beeden 14 Matt Jones 17 Mario Mateus Yellow Cards: None Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Nathan Hicks 3 Dom Langdon 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Liam Canavan 7 Lewis Hornby (14 Matthew Barnes-Homer,61) 8 James Hall 9 Rene Howe 10 Aaron O’Connor (12 Jorrin John, 82) 11 James Brighton Subs Unused: 15 Jack O’Connor 17 Jamie McAlindon Yellow cards: Hornby,4 mins:Canavan,56


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Hardenhuish Park)
Kick Off: 11th Feb 2017
Kettering Town FC
Red/Black/White
Captain:
1 Paul White
2 Nathan Hicks
3 Dominic Langdon
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Liam Canavan
7 Lewis Hornby
8 James Hall
9 Rene Howe
10 Aaron O Connor
11 James Brighton
14 Mathew Barnes-Homer
15 Jack O'Connor
17 Jamie McAlindon
Chippenham Town
Blue
Captain:
1 Darren Chitty
2 Dan Bowman
3 Nuno Felix
4 Gary Horgan
5 Rhys Baddridge
6 Will Richards
7 Alex Ferguson
8 Matt Smith
9 Dave Pratt
10 Jake Andrews
11 James Guthrie
12 Jon Beedon
14 Matt Jones
15 Joe McClennan
16 Michael Pook
17 Mario Mateus